The T-Birds and the Pink Ladies will meet at the Capitol Theatre this Saturday for a sing-a-long with the ever popular 1950’s high school musical Grease.
Marking the beginning of the Capitol Theatre’s 2013-14 season, this interactive version of the classic film includes subtitles, for anyone who doesn’t already know all the words to catchy numbers like “Summer Nights” and “You’re the One That I Want.”
“When people ask me what my favourite movie is, the answer is always Grease,” says Forst, who proudly owns the special edition dvd with a black Rydell High T-Bird jacket cover but has never seen it on the big screen.
Galbraith credits Grease as the reason she got into musical theatre.
“I watched it when I was inappropriately young — like five years old — it was definitely my first exposure to musical theatre, and I remember thinking it was so awesome,” Galbraith said.
As a tween, Galbraith played Jan, one of the Pink Ladies, in the Capitol Theatre’s summer youth program production of the show and still has the commemorative tank top.
For Saturday’s sing-a-long, Galbraith and Forst will be dressed as girls from Rydell high before and after their greaser transformation. That means blouses and poodle skirts for the first half, and a costume change to get into something tight and black at intermission.
The duo is looking forward to seeing what audience members will wear.
“Somebody could dress up as a ‘hickey from Kenickie’ Hallmark card or ‘Crater Face’ or one of the other subtle references from the movie,” suggested Galbraith.
Pink wigs and leather jackets are also sure to be popular costume pieces. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.
For an hour before the movie starts, there will be Grease-theme activities at the theatre, including a trivia contest and hairdressing students from Selkirk College on hand to help you achieve the perfect 1950’s hairstyles.
Weather permitting, the street in front of the theatre will be closed off and there’s talk of having a classic car parked out front for folks to pose with.
The sing-a-long is a fundraiser for the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, September 28. Doors open for pre-events at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, available in advance at the Capitol Theatre box office.